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Celebrate Earth Week 2019 with Resources from Journal of Chemical Education

The ACS annual event, Chemists Celebrate Earth Week (CCEW), brings focus to topics that illustrate the positive role chemistry plays in the world. In honor of Earth Week 2019, the Journal of Chemical Education is highlighting content related to the CCEW 2019 theme “Take Note: The Chemistry of Paper”.

The articles, demonstrations, activities, and labs listed below provide ideas and suggestions for investigating paper with students by examining the chemistry of paper, experimenting with paper recycling, and using paper to explore chemistry. With 96 volumes of interesting material on a wide variety of topics, it is easy to connect the classroom experience to the greater world through the Journal of Chemical Education.

Examining the Chemistry of Paper

The Story of Paper
Journal of Chemical Education 1930 7 (8), 1738-1762
DOI: 10.1021/ed007p1738
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Paper: A modified natural polymer
Journal of Chemical Education 1986 63 (5), 420-421
DOI: 10.1021/ed063p420
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Identification of Paper by Stationary Phase Performance
Journal of Chemical Education 2014 91 (10), 1679-1683
DOI: 10.1021/ed400473g
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Demonstration Extensions Based on Color-Changing Goldenrod Paper
Journal of Chemical Education 2019 96 (2), 308-312
DOI: 10.1021/acs.jchemed.8b00341
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The Secret of Smart Paper
Journal of Chemical Education 2009 86 (4), 464A-464B
DOI: 10.1021/ed086p464A
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The Chemistry behind Carbonless Copy Paper
Journal of Chemical Education 1998 75 (9), 1119-1120
DOI: 10.1021/ed075p1119
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Experimenting with Paper Recycling

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New Paper from Newspaper
Journal of Chemical Education 2001 78 (11), 1512A-1512B
DOI: 10.1021/ed078p1512A
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A Simple Flotation De-Inking Experiment for the Recycling of Paper
Journal of Chemical Education 2004 81 (5), 693
DOI: 10.1021/ed081p693
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Paper to Plastics: An Interdisciplinary Summer Outreach Project in Sustainability
Journal of Chemical Education 2014 91 (10), 1574-1579
DOI: 10.1021/ed400892t
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Using Paper To Explore Chemistry

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Colorful Lather Printing
Journal of Chemical Education 2007 84 (4), 608A-608B
DOI: 10.1021/ed084p608A
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Artistic Anthocyanins and Acid–Base Chemistry
Journal of Chemical Education 2011 88 (12), 1684-1686
DOI: 10.1021/ed1011647
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The Write Stuff: Using Paper Chromatography to Separate an Ink Mixture
Journal of Chemical Education 2000 77 (2), 176A-176B
DOI: 10.1021/ed077p176A
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Using Paper-Based Diagnostics with High School Students To Model Forensic Investigation and Colorimetric Analysis
Journal of Chemical Education 2014 91 (1), 107-111
DOI: 10.1021/ed300261a
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Cost Effective Paper-Based Colorimetric Microfluidic Devices and Mobile Phone Camera Readers for the Classroom
Journal of Chemical Education 2015 92 (4), 737-741
DOI: 10.1021/ed500401d
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Microscale Electrolysis Using Coin-Type Lithium Batteries and Filter Paper
Journal of Chemical Education 2013 90 (2), 228-231
DOI: 10.1021/ed300365d
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Glucose-Driven Fuel Cell Constructed from Enzymes and Filter Paper
Journal of Chemical Education 2011 88 (9), 1283-1286
DOI: 10.1021/ed100967j
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